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#16 dirac

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 10:36 AM

Ballet Arkansas announces its 2014-15 season.

 

....Artistic Director Michael Bearden, a former Principal Dancer with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, is delighted to announce that, for the first time, an Arkansas dance company has been authorized by the George Balanchine Trust to perform a piece from his extensive, world renown collection of works. “By authorizing Ballet Arkansas to perform one of its works, the George Balanchine Trust has put a stamp of approval on the growth our company has made. This is a huge honor and accomplishment!”

 



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 10:38 AM

A review of the Mariinsky Ballet in "Romeo and Juliet" by David Jays in his blog, "Performance Monkey."

Instead, opening night at Covent Garden offered cloth pillars wafting limply in the dancers’ wake, wigs reeking of embalming fluid, gestures so broad they could command their own postcode. Is this all the Mariinsky thinks of the masterpiece it premiered? Is Romeo really such shallow material that it doesn’t deserve a new exploration? Only Diana Vishneva and Vladimir Shklyarov in the title roles brought an ardent curiosity to the stage. Each has limpid arms, unfurling like a sigh, and a poignantly heightened lyricism. In a narrative that drives its protagonists towards death, they were the only living creatures. These committed, fine-grained artists galloped like thoroughbreds while all around people spent an evening dutifully flogging a dead horse. As Monty Python would have it, the ballet was not resting, nor was it pining for the fjords. This is an ex-ballet.

 

 




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